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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Dec 4, 2006 4:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

from the guy i got my acid from in high school,he used to get a mail order every week from out west.one free weekend i went over to his place to check out the new shipment and asked what was up with all the skulls with lighting bolts on the wall you into satan.he chuckled and told me it's the one of many grateful dead logo's.looked at him funny and said what.he ripped four hits of some green blotter out and handed them to me and said stick around,so i ate the four hits and he started to give me the lowdown on the band and music,about 45 minutes into the chatting about the dead the room started breathing and he was splitting into three's and i had the perm grin going on is when he put some dead on an bam i was on for a ride.the following day as i came down and totally speechless he asked if i got it and i said hell yes,he gave me 7 tapes that he played while i was wiggin 8-27-72,8-22-68,4-5-69,5-8-77 and the rest where studio mixes of anthem and others.he took me to my first show and stayed best friends for 20 years now.i can never repay him enough for turning me on to the greatest music in the world.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 5, 2006 11:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

I was 14 or so...had this friend Todd whose older brother was a big Dead Head.

One day he says to me "hey, kid--what music do you like?"....I was flummoxed and mumbled something about liking "Foreigner" because "Cold as Ice" was the big hit of the day...he starts laughing his ass off and says "Dude...forget that. Listen to this", and he puts on American Beauty...soon as I heard "Friend of the Devil" that's when the bus came by...

about a year later (1979) I heard the Dead were coming to nassau Coliseum, and I begged my parents to let me go w/my friend. They didn't know the Dead per se but knew enough not to let me go alone, so my Mom chaperoned. Midway thru the first set when they ripped a killer "Jack Straw", that's when I Got On The Bus for good.

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Poster: AlbuquerqueDigger Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

what did Mom think of the show?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 6, 2006 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

Ha! I think she was too freaked out by the scene and the Heads to really enjoy the show.

But the following year my Dad was pegged to be chaperone, and he really enjoyed it, even if after the show I had to correct him that the song he found himself singing to was not "SugarBEE" as he kept singing on the way out (much to my 15-year old embarrassment) but was in fact pronounced "Sugar-EE".

Good times.

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